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Writer. Philosopher. Reluctant Entrepreneur.

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The Dark Side of the Sun: Solar Power and Global Electronic Waste

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 1:22 PM

When complete, First Solar's California Flats project will generate enough electricity to power Apple's Cupertino headquarters complex, as well as its California stores and data centers. Many have hailed this agreement as a first step toward more widespread commercial adoption of solar power. After all, how can any company go...

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The Liquid Dream of Governor Moonbeam

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Drycephalus

Water is poetry. Loose-limbed and supple.

Deserts are prose. Hard, inflected, and jagged.

Water is the condition of civilization. Limpid sheath of collective self-awareness. Hymn to synchronicity.

Deserts are the absence of water. Pure heat. Pitiless heat. Reduction to cause and effect, reflex and reaction, metabolism and instinct.

Water is spring,...

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Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals!

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:28 PM

The National Rifle Association, firearms manufacturers and gun rights bloggers frequently state (and assume) that in the 21st century, a new generation of female, minority and millennial gun-owners purchases, carries and uses firearms. This claim aligns the firearms industry and gun rights zealots with new demographic realities in the United...

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Women and Guns

(11) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:40 PM

In this era of open government and data transparency, the demographics of gun ownership in the United States remain opaque. Which poses a conundrum for gun rights zealots. On the one hand, the National Rifle Association has pushed hard to limit collection and disclosure of gun purchase and...

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Losing: The Soul of a Writer

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:41 AM

In June 2013, the New Yorker paid tribute to Vasily Grossman, unheralded Russian war correspondent and novelist. Unheralded to me, at least. Apparently not to the rest of the literate public.

The full title of the New Yorker essay is "Vasily Grossman: Loser, Saint." The saint part didn't interest...

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Inequality and Fairness: Why Investors Should Care

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:11 PM

I'm writing this essay from a tiny café in Paris (literally tiny, with the name Au Petit Saint-Paul), one block from the apartment where I'm living for the month and from the adjacent elementary school where I'm privileged to awaken each morning to the music of shouting, laughing children chasing...

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Email Like a Cat

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:59 PM

For those few among us who still use email and who basically do not, and never will, have a clue about texting, messaging, Twittering, twattering, blah blah blah... Mentioning cats in a post title may just seem like click bait, but in fact these domestic companions are extrusions of our...

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Wolf at the Door: Antonin Scalia and the Legal Conservative Movement

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:11 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once remarked in a dissent that many dangers visit the Court in sheep's clothing, "but this wolf comes as a wolf." So too with Scalia.

Paudiss,_Christopher_--_Wolf,_Fuchs_und_Schaf_--_1666

We can attribute much of the contemporary sclerosis...

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Six Thoughts on Guns and Freedom

(348) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 12:51 AM

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player 
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage 
And then is heard no more: it is a tale 
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, 

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Climate Reformation: The Solar Technology Vision of Zoltan Kiss

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:58 PM

As someone who for much of the past year has studied the global climate crisis as an existential threat to human life, I can't overstate the value brought to Seeking Alpha investment forums by the articles written and published by Zoltan Kiss.

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Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:51 AM

Summary




  • Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.



  • Solar Roadways' smashing crowdfunding campaign success provides...

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Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. III: The Future of Solar Power)

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Summary




  • Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.



  • Solar Roadways' smashing crowdfunding campaign success provides...

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Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Summary




  • Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.



  • Solar Roadways' smashing crowdfunding campaign success provides...

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Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Summary

  • Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.
  • Solar Roadways' smashing crowdfunding campaign success provides a terrific opportunity to assess the current state of...
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Is Black Swan the Worst Movie of the Year?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 1:44 PM

Having just published a two-part essay on the Black Swan as a philosophical framework for thinking about our disastrous financial reform efforts, I am uniquely qualified to write about the Oscar-nominated movie, Black Swan. Ironically enough, anything I publish on the web about the...

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Complexity Theory and the Failure of Financial Reform: Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 11:54 AM

In Part One of this essay, we mapped the tactile, political surface of financial reform - focusing on the ideas and behaviors of individual political actors - notably Representatives Spencer Bachus and Barney Frank - in relation to passage and implementation of the Volcker Rule, a central provision...

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Complexity Theory and the Failure of Financial Reform: Part One

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 3:24 PM

This is a two-part essay about the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a 2,300-page piece of legislation now making its way through the federal rulemaking mill in 21 different federal agencies, via nearly 250 rulemaking initiatives and 70 special reports....

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Black Swan Imbroglio: The Crisis of Journalism and Control of the Stack

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 3:49 PM

The crisis of journalism is a classic, slow-motion Black Swan imbroglio. Nearly every news organization saw the crisis coming, but hardly any proved to be capable of mounting an effective response. The story is already stale and yet it continues to remain intractable, organizationally and professionally, for most...

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We could see it coming

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 5:02 PM

The New York Times writes today about the deceleration of the Wall Street Money Machine this summer, one that many did not see coming. Stock offerings, mergers, and other transactional activities that yield massive fees for investment banks and law firms have dipped below last year's plunge, providing...

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Health-Care Reform by the Numbers

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 6:18 PM

Analysts have viewed the passage of Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) on March 21 through the lens of partisan, racial, and regional conflict. Democrats voted for the bill. Republicans did not. Northern states voted for the bill. Southern states did not. Black and Hispanic representatives voted for...

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